The colonoscopy is widely recognized as the gold standard when it comes to screenings for colon cancer because it can both detect and treat in the same procedure. This method of colon screening is unique because it can actually prevent colon cancer by removing polyps before they become cancerous. Other screenings only detect cancer. Find out if you’re eligible for a free or reduced cost screening colonoscopy
Most insurance plans do cover colonoscopies, but coverage varies from plan to plan. It is the responsibility of the patient to determine the estimated out-of-pocket expenses associated with a colonoscopy. For more information on what questions to ask insurance providers, please read “Questions to Ask Your Insurance Provider to Determine Your Colonoscopy Cost.”
The recommended time frame for a baseline colonoscopy for men and women at average risk for colon cancer is age 50, but it could be younger depending on certain risk factors. Colon cancer is 90 percent treatable when discovered early, making a colonoscopy the best colorectal screening method to detect and prevent colon cancer in its early stages when it can be treated most effectively.
Click here to use the Free Screening Colonoscopy Calculator to see if you qualify for a free or low-cost screening.